Children learn to bake at Red Lion Rec Center

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

Debbie Lynch always loved baking. She comes from a long line of women who loved to bake, from her great-grandmother on down.

After the company she was working for opted to relocate out of state, Lynch decided to make her passion her career.

"I thought, I don't want to work in an office anymore. I want to do something I want to do," Lynch said.

Lynch contacted Red Lion recreation director Meredith Yakelis and told her, "I want to teach kids to bake," and they came up with the Kids Can Bake program.

The program started in September 2019 and quickly filled up. Lynch limits classes to 10 children and teaches two classes each month. 

During the most recent class, the children, ages 5 to13, created acorns from Nutter Butter cookies and Hershey Kisses, lollipop cookies and pilgrim hat cupcakes. Each class consists of making something, baking something and decorating something. 

"We have a good time," Lynch said as the children boxed up their cupcakes and cookies. 

Classes are $30 per child, and they are filled up through the end of the year and will restart in February. They are held in the Red Lion Recreation Center, 190 S. Charles St., behind the library. For more information about the classes, visit the center's Facebook page or

Upcoming events sponsored by Red Lion Rec include the town Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m. Saturday in Fairmount Park and Santa's Shanty on the square.

The Rec Center alsowill be hosting a New Year's Eve celebration, Roaring into the New Year, with four bands performing via livestream from the Guitar Spot.